Jack Sheppard will return in early October to do North Island training weekends and then head South to compete in the New Zealand Moto Trials Championship in Blenheim.
This opportunity is only made possible with help from Taranaki and Ixion Club. Brendon & Cathy at Marlborough Trials Centre in covering Jacks costs.
Also thanks to Kapiti Motorcycles for providing Jack a beta. Alan & Isabel Honeybone, Nick Ball and family & Carl & Siobhan Robson.
Training weekends will be run by Taranaki Club & Ixion Club for their members. Please inquire for availability if you are not a club member of those clubs.
Second training weekend is with Ixion Club in Wellington 15/16th of October and for more info please contact Ixion contact Phil Costello at[email protected] or Carl Robson at [email protected] 0212725515
22/23/24th October is the MTF NZ Moto Trials Championship in Blenheim and Jack will be competing and also a training day is planned for the Tuesday 25th. Contact Brendon for more info [email protected]
Jack will then head down south with Alan Honeybone for some site seeing before leaving NZ.
Jack Sheppard last made the trip to New Zealand in 2014. We are very fortunate that Jack takes the time to head out this way to share his knowledge. Jack 2011 Youth world champion & former top world round rider. This year is the first year he has not ridden the world championship circuit to concentrate more on riding in the UK British Championship.
Jack this year has had to do all his normal training on and off the bike as well working a full time job. It hasn’t seemed to have affected him to much with sitting in second position in the British Championship and taking a win a few weeks back over James Dabill. Also a very good 4th position in this years Scottish Six Day Trial.
If you get the chance to see Jack ride or get to one of his training days you won’t be disappointed. Jack is really down to earth and always up for a chat. Truly just one of the good guys.
New Zealand Champs 2014
Kapiti Motorcycles would like to congratulate every one that rode in the New Zealand Champs recently held in Motueka. Thanks also to the Nelson Club for putting on a great event.
We would like to mention our Beta supported riders results and starting with expert it was Jack Sheppard from the U.K which we Kapiti Motorcycles sponsored Jack a Beta to compete on. Jack left it to the last day to wrap up the title but did it with ease in the end. Karl Clark with an awesome 3rd on his trusty Beta and enjoyed the event very much in his home town. 4th was John Haynes riding the 300cc now and one to watch in the next few years. Matt Foster finished a good 7th and always improving on his Beta.
A Grade and it was Liam Draper on his Beta 125cc that took out 2nd over a close fight from Carl Robson in 3rd. Bert Williamson has stepped up this year and showing good form to finish in 4th.
Intermediate class and it was Glenn Smith who finished 7th and Patrick Dillon 12th in the very large competitive class.
Clubman class and 3rd home was the young gun Dylan Ball (Beta 125cc) at only 10years old riding in his first championship. Richard Cripps rode well to finish 9th.
President Class and 1st Beta rider home was Derek Scott with a top five result. Mark Sidebotham was 8th followed home by Nigel Shilton & Mark Draper 9th and 10th. Oscar Alexander had a ball and rode well to come home 12th.
Junior Class and it was the young Dylan Ball on his Beta that took out 2nd behind a 16 year old Expert rider so was well happy to take home two trophies for the weekend.
Jack Sheppard also won the New Zealand Expert trophy on day one. North vs South went to the South this year but us North Islanders will be back next year.
Thanks to you all for your support and hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
See you all in 2015.
Fajardo back on the podium!
After the two rounds of Penrith (UK) and La Mongie (France), the summer break begins for the World Trial Championship, that will held the final race in Arnedo (Spain) on 6 and 7 September. The standings are still open and the riders will define their final rankings in the championships during the very last round in Spain.
In the last two races, Jeroni Fajardo got two very important podiums, James Dabill did great in his home race, but suffered a bit in the French round.
Penrith (UK), 19 and July 20, 2014
The enthusiast public and many participant at the UK round of the World Trial Championship was the setting for the great success of the event. The race course was entirely located within a particular quarry with red rocks and slabs surrounded by natural grassland.
The weather was typically British, with intense rain and rare sunshine, this made the path of the first day of the race very muddy and slippery.
The following areas were built in the opposite direction compared to last year, with the introduction of a completely new area with a very scenic passage on the shore of a small lake.
Section number 3 and 8 were very impressive for the size of the obstacles.
In the World Pro, Jeroni Fajardo fight constantly, but unfortunately made mistakes in the second lap and lost the third step of the podium. James Dabill suffered, like every rider, the little traction available on the course, a good second lap of the race allowed him to win the 6th place.
In the World Cup, a stratospheric Jaime Busto got the victory leaving no chance to his opponents to get close to him.
Second step of the podium for Quentin Carles de Gaudemberg capable of a continuous growing season.
The good weather without rain and sunny progressively made the journey more dry, the grip on the rocks were much improved and facilitated the riders who have significantly lowered the number of penalties.
In the World Pro, Jeroni Fajardo led a very regular race, high-level without any major mistakes, snatched third place with great determination. James Dabill with an extraordinary 3rd lap of the race and overcoming the difficult area n.3, won the 5th place overall.
In the World Cup we saw a close fight between Jaime Busto and Franz Kadlec, and at the end the winner Kadlec, who is scoring two laps with no penalties!
In third place on the podium the Beta Frenchman Quentin Carles de Gaudemberg, which now also won third the place in the overall standings.
La Mongie (France), July 27, 2014
After the Tour de France, the city of “La Mongie” in the Pyrenees, at 1900 meters above sea level, hosted the penultimate round of the World Trial Championship.
The fantastic scenery that was the set for the race course was developed between the slopes up to an altitude of 2400 mt.
The areas were very spectacular, located between stones and boulders interspersed with a few large stretch of slippery grass, designed to impress the large audience present at the event. One particular section was at the limit of feasibility, only the riders of the podium including Jeroni Fajardo have been able to finish it without taking penalty points.
In the World Pro, Jeroni Fajardo wins a deserved 3rd place overall (and 4th podium of the season) that allowed him to regain the 4th position in the provisional championship.
James Dabill suffered a bad day, unfortunately, does not go over the 10th place overall.
In the World Cup, Jaime Busto, thanks to an excellent comeback, fiinishes in second place, increasing his lead in the championship on his direct opponent Franz Kadlec who finished in 5th place .